|Practicing at the dojo today. STEP BY STEP!|
Today’s training was all kata; however, the focus was movement for effect/optimal application. I practiced and worked aspects of the following ten formal exercises, five of which are kihon-gata (foundational) and five ‘jokyu-gata’ (advanced).
The standard ‘Standard Shotokan’ I worked with today were: 平安初段 (Heian Shodan), 平安三段 (Heian Sandan), 二十四歩(Nijushiho),
The ‘Asai-ha Shotokan-ryu kata I practiced were: 順路初段(Junro Shodan), 常行一勢 (Joko Issei), 脚戦 (Kyakusen), 騎馬拳 (Kibaken) and 水手 / 水の手 (Suishu/Mizu no te).
My focus was to optimize each kihonwaza; furthermore, how they link together to create the flow for effectiveness. Each kata has its only character/personality to fight with. This point is not only external but internalized. Especially in regards to sensing the opponents maai and ‘instinctively responding optimally’ according their cues.
|Movement 55 of 騎馬拳 (Kibaken) kata at my daily dojo training today.|
point elucidates a key point in karate: Kihon is Kumite and Kata is Kumite:
Jissen (REAL) Kumite. When Kihon and Kata are not for Kumite, they cease to be TRUE
© André Bertel. Oita City, Japan (2021).